River Mersey

River Mersey

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River Licensing Information

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No licence required

We all know you can get a ferry across the River Mersey, thanks to the 1965 classic, but you can also paddle it.

The Mersey is an iconic river in the North West, and one of Liverpool’s pride and joys. It is 70 miles long, rising in West Yorkshire and flowing towards the Irish Sea at Liverpool.

It is a large, wide river after Warrington and still a relatively busy passage for commercial vessels.

Check the weather, especially wind speed and direction, before you set off for a paddle on some of the more exposed stretches after Widnes.

Reasons to paddle the River Mersey

Well, we can list a number of reasons why the Mersey is a great place for an adventure paddle.

On the north side of the river, as it opens up between Widnes and Liverpool, you’ll paddle past the impeccable National Trust owned Speke Hall, a beautiful Tudor building with classic gardens.

At this point you’ll also paddle straight past the John Lennon airport, so great for a little plane spotting from an unusual viewpoint!

Also, the Mersey also flows straight past the Royal Albert Docks which is a great spot to have a wander around, not too far from the infamous Cavern Club.